White Lee homes plan deferred

MORE work must be done to ensure White Lee Road is safe before new homes can be built in the area.

That’s according to councillors on the Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee, who put off making a decision on an application to build 42 homes near Triath Court and Riding Street.

The application, by Great Lime Holdings Limited, was recommended for approval, but after hearing concerns about speeding traffic and dangerously parked cars, members agreed the developers and Kirklees Council should look at the proposed site’s access onto White Lee Road in more detail.

Coun Viv Kendrick (Lab, Heckmondwike) said she and ward colleague Coun Steve Hall had been in a car accident on the road earlier this year.

“In a half a mile stretch of White Lee Road there have been 14 personal injury accidents in the last five years,” she said.

Speaking for the application, planning consultant Michael Courcier said Kirklees Highways had deemed the site’s access onto White Lee Road to be safe.

But Coun Andrew Pinnock said he was concerned about the volume and speed of traffic.

Chairman Coun Paul Kane said: “It is extremely dangerous. Access onto this road has to be right for the developers as well as the council. A lot of work has to be done on this.”